Where’s The Harm – Product Use
Of critical concern is exposure to brominated flame retardants through dust from electronics. The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (then the Computer TakeBack Campaign) and Clean Production Action did the first nationwide test for flame retardants in dust on computers in 2004, which found flame retardants in computer dust of university computer labs, legislative offices, and a children’s museum. Flame retardants have also been found in household dust in studies conducted in the US and the UK. Could the dust have come from other items in the rooms? Certainly. But the study suggests that these flame retardants don’t get emitted outside the products to which they are added.
Numerous biomonitoring tests have detected brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in humans. In the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national biomonitoring tests published in 2009, PBDEs were found in almost all of the 2500 participants tested.
According to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), scientists around the world haveassociated serious health problems with using cell phones for 10 years or longer. The report documents research that links cell phone usage to:
- Brain cancer
- Salivary gland tumors
- Behavioral problems
- Migraines and vertigo
The U.S. government has done little to regulate this problem, and doesn’t even require the manufacturers or carriers to label cell phones with the amount of radiation emitted.
They also have a campaign to encourage the FCC and FDA to modernize their phone standards.